Boulder Hot Springs and Spa
If you’re looking for a healthy and rejuvenating weekend, the historic Boulder Hot Springs and Spa might be the ticket.
Boulder Hot Springs and Spa is located just off of Interstate 15 between Butte and Helena in the pristine Elkhorn Mountains. The philosophy of the resort is centered around rest, relaxation, purity and health.
“It’s really meant to be a healing place,” said Kerri Kumasaka, the general manager of the resort.
Boulder doesn’t allow smoking, drugs or alcohol at the resort, which enables guests to focus on health. The rooms don’t have televisions or phones, which allows people to truly get away from it all, Kumasaka said.
“I think essentially a lot of times people feel like it really relaxes them,” she said.
Boulder Hot Springs has a long history with a variety of Native America tribes, which used the springs for rejuvenation and health.
“The Native Americans had a vow that they wouldn’t fight here so they could use the water for healing,” Kumasaka said.
The named the place Peace Valley and that spirit is still an important part of operations at Boulder Hot Springs, she said.
Unlike most hot springs, Boulder’s come out of the ground too hot to soak in and must be cooled somewhat before they’re put into the pools. The water is also used to heat the resort’s buildings. It also lacks sulfur, which is the mineral that can give thermal waters a strange smell.
The historic lodge at Boulder Hot Springs brings guest back into Montana’s past. The large Victorian style lodge was built in 1890. Since then, the resort has had several owners. In the 1980s the resort was placed on the National Register for Historic Places.
In total, the lodge has 33 rooms. Reservations are encouraged throughout the year, Kumasaka said.
There is one outdoor pool at Boulder and it’s kept at a comfortable 96 degrees. Men and Women have separate facilities for taking advantage of the thermal waters. The Women’s side has a hot and cool pool and steam room. The men’s side has the hot pool and steam room. Both hot pools are a continuous flow, keeping the water fresh and healthy.
Boulder offers a conference center and groups can reserve space for weddings, reunions and other special events. Twice a year Boulder also hosts a Yoga Retreat, which generally fill up fast.
For more information on Boulder Hot Springs and Spa, look on their thorough Web site at www.boulderhotsprings.com or call them at (406) 225-4339.